The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in the Philippines has partnered with the government of Sweden and two Swedish firms to build the Clark Green City, the first smart, disaster-resilient and green metropolis in the Philippines.
BCDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday with Sweden’s state-owned IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), and two Swedish firms ElectriCITY and Xeric AB to develop and build the 9,450-hectare Clark Green City in Central Luzon.
The MOU is a three-year collaboration project of BCDA and the Sweden-based entities aimed at exploring potential collaborative opportunities in relation to sustainable urbanization, best practices in urban development, and providing business solution services in Clark Green City.
“We welcome IVL, ElectriCITY, and Xeric as the newest partners of the BCDA in the development of Clark Green City and look forward to a fruitful collaborative partnership through knowledge and technology transfer, research and development, and business investments,” said BCDA president and CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova.
Among some of the partnership’s goals include sustainable city planning, energy, infrastructure and utilities, eco-governance, clean technology, information technology and smart development, products, and solutions, sustainable resource management, waste management and recycling, and training and education.
IVL is the oldest research institute in Sweden established in 1966 involved in the development of solutions to environmental problems, at national and international level.
ElectriCITY is a non-profit organization backed up by big Swedish firms while Xeric provides business consultancy services for small and medium enterprises.
Only last August, BCDA signed a partnership agreement with Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN) that has opened the discussions for the creation of a joint venture that will facilitate concession rights at Clark Green City.